To clarify, you are saying the current catechism "to this day states this", referencing to a 2018 catechism?You know what else is stated on the UDC's public webpage? Their official "catechism" outlining all their beliefs about the war. This catechism to this day states that "The slaves were treated, in most cases, with kindness and care. Many claims of cruelty and abuse were found to be the behavior of planation overseers rather than the slaves' owners," and that "Slaves were, for the most part, faithful and devoted. Most slaves were usually ready and wiling to serve their masters." That's clearly very blatant slavery apologism and an attempt to justify the institution of chattel slavery. They even built monuments dedicated to these supposed "loyal and contented slaves," and in 1926 they constructed a monument praising the KKK in North Carolina.
You say my post pointing this out is why there is so much discord but how can you dismiss all these things I've pointed out about what the UDC does as not to blame? How can you take no responsibility for what the official publications of the UDC state to this day as a member? Can't you see how that seems disingenuous and hypocritical?
I'm really trying to be fair here. Maybe you think I'm painting the UDC with too broad a brush, but can you not at least see where those who have problems with the UDC (because they oppose the Lost Cause, slavery, and the KKK) are coming from given the UDC's past and current statements and actions in support of those things?
The picture on the web site is from a decades old booklet and to be honest, I really don't know why General has not changed the page. Me thinks (my opinion) is they are a bit busy now a days, trying to keep out of harms way these last few years as the arson of the building proves just that. I can only think of one person in my Chapter that believes slavery was not the cause of the Civil War and I think she is about 105 years old so her belief would fit in line with what many of that generation believed as real daughters and granddaughters of the Civil War veterans.
Again, this post examples the efforts to blur the lines between the dead women of the past and the current members in order to hold us today accountable for the current modern issues at hand.
There is no current statement or action from the UDC that is in support of slavery or the KKK. In fact, if you know Daughters that support the KKK, please send me a private message. This is a serious accusation. They will not be allowed to continue in the organization.
I do not bear any responsibility for actions other than my own (and neither should anyone else!). That argument is ridiculous.
I will tell you what I am responsible for. I have donated more hours than I can count delivering food and care items to veterans and the homeless. I sew quilts for our local veterans. I just delivered dozens of backpacks full of clothes, shoes and school supplies to our local foster care agency. I've been on my hands and knees cleaning and caring for graves at our local cemetery. As chaplain of our Chapter, I have sent dozens and dozens of sympathy cards to the families who have lost their grandmothers and mothers and I have prayed for them in their grief at having lost a loved one. We have donated thousands of dollars to help our local charities make positive changes through good and honorable actions in our community. I also bare the responsibility that my words and postings on this site could possibly put me and my family in harm's way but I have been marginalized and bullied all my life because of the amount of melanin in my skin and as such, I will always speak up for others that face any type of discrimination.
Leave the UDC and the Daughters be. Let us handle our affairs, take care of our veterans, and stand up against any and all who would try to harm us.